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Institute for Combustion Science

Employment Opportunities



Department of Chemistry & Institute for Combustion Science & Environmental Technology


Position: Research Associate / Full Professor of Chemistry

                  Full-Time, Tenured, 9-Month Position

                  Beginning July, 2011

Description: Tenure - track Associate / Full Professor position in the Chemistry Department within Ogden College & ICSET with expertise in several of the following areas: combustion, gasification, emissions, utilization of combustion by-products, alternative fuels, and thermal analysis. Will be required to teach undergraduate and/or graduate classes (on a special case by case basis); thus, proposal development, undergraduate/graduate applied research, curriculum development, public service, participation in professional associations, publications and presentations will be required. Additional responsibilities include student advisement, laboratory management, and participation in departmental and university committee assignments as required for tenure and promotion. This position is in conjunction with the Institute for Combustion Science and Environmental Technology, for which the candidate is expected to perform various functions to foster the research and development of the Institute, and in addition, will participate on matters concerning the operations of the Institute. Demonstrated proficiency in proposal development is a must. Must have the ability to promote and attract new clients, and projects to the institute, as well as maintain the current client base.

Required Qualifications: Earned Doctorate Degree, in the field of Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or closely related field. Candidate is expected to have demonstrated field experience, and documented ability to work in a team-oriented environment, capable of developing and maintaining partnerships in the discipline and industry. Strong command of verbal and written English skills. The ability to teach undergraduate and graduate coursework is mandatory. Because a large portion of the salary is contingent upon incoming revenues, this position must generate $500,000 – $1,000,000 in revenue (from grants/private industry contracts) for the institute, annually.

Desirable Qualifications: Earned Doctorate in a technical/ managerial field. Experience in teaching, mentoring, and research at the university level, proposal development, professional publications, and presentations, with professional certification(s) and built works. International experience. Proven ability to create a research oriented curriculum that produces technically competent personnel for the discipline. A research agenda must be identified within the discipline, and must align with the mission of ICSET.


Rank and Salary: Annual salary will be in the range of $100,000 - $120,000.

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin on March 1, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

To Apply: Send a letter of application, research proposal and teaching statement, CV, all transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation to: Chair of Research Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, 1906 College Heights Blvd #51066, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101- 1066.

Vision: The vision and goal of both the Chemistry Department and ICSET is “Putting Research Into Practice.”

Mission: Provide students with continuously improved technical and managerial educational opportunities and instruction with emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving skills while instilling a commitment to lifelong learning and ethical practices in the work place. Continually develop strategic partnerships with businesses, professional societies, civic organizations and other educational institutions to enhance student learning opportunities and facilitate personal growth and leadership skills.

WKU: Western Kentucky University, with a current student body of 20,000 students, is a leading American university with international reach. Its campus is in Bowling Green Kentucky, a city of 54,000, located 60 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee and 120 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky.

Western Kentucky University is committed to the promotion of stewardship and student engagement.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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